Monday whimsy (Part 2)

A little over a year ago, I did a post highlighting the ingenuity of graphic artist Christoph Niemann, whose work is regularly featured in The New York Times and The New Yorker. I’m such a fan of his work, I thought another installment was in order. My original post included this line: “I don’t think we can be reminded often enough that’s it’s possible to look at a humdrum, pedestrian object and see it in a completely different way”, a sentiment that holds true today.

Niemann scissors
Niemann playing card
Niemann lumberjack



Niemann laser markers

Niemann gorillaNiemann flamingo

And I’ll pose the same question I did last year: Which of these is your favorite, and why?


    • I’m absolutely confident Nellie, with her exceptional talent, could come up with sketches equally as imaginative as these!


  • I love those. It takes a particular sort of mind to come up with them, and I know I don’t have that sort of mind, but I really enjoy seeing them. My son Scott (now 16) likes the Star Wars one the best. I can’t pick a favorite, but the coffee-cup-head has helped me with a choice today.

    I’m doing a project where I choose one fabric each day, cut a circle from it and sew it onto a square. All the squares go together into rows which are sewn together and by the end of the year, I’ll have a rather large quilt top showing the 365 days. (I’m really hoping at some point I can have an orange circle with a red circle around it and a red slash through it — Impeachment Day or something similar.) Anyway, I just bought some fabric yesterday with coffee cups on it and I didn’t have anything in particular I wanted to do for today, so now it will be a coffee cup inspired by the coffee-cup-head. 🙂

    This should be the address to the quilt-in-progress at 64 days, if you’re interested:

    In a couple more days, the next row will be complete and I’ll be able to add it on. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Melanie, your quilt in progress is impressive and will, perhaps needless to say, be HUGE when it’s done! Since 365 doesn’t divide evenly by 16 (which looks to be the # of squares per row), what are you plans for filling out the last row? FYI: I shared the link you provided with my sister-in-law, an avid quilter (quiltress?) like you. 🙂


      • The Quilt: There will be 23 rows of 16 squares. There are no great factors for 365. 5 rows times 73? Ew. So I tried a bunch of things and 16 X 23 gives me 368. The extra three spaces will either be blank or have a “2018” centered there. This will be a huge quilt — 80″ X 115″. I probably should have chosen smaller circles and smaller background squares, but I had to think about the size of circle that would fit pictures decently. I also considered a lot of design options like making it like a calendar, making the rows 14 or 21 wide, to represent weeks, etc. I love getting out my colored pencils and graph paper notebooks to design my quilts.

        As of yesterday (day 80), I have 5 rows done. There’s a long way to go, but it’s fun to have a project like this that is done in a measured way, 15 or 20 minutes a day. Many of my quilts are done for fundraisers and there’s a definite deadline. As the deadline gets closer, the hours per day pile up fast! I don’t know what will happen in 2019, whether I’ll miss having this daily project or be thrilled I don’t have it. Or will I start a similar daily project for 2019 or maybe a weekly project? We’ll see!

        By the way, I have 2 or 3 elephant circles already cut that I’ll use on the alumni weekend, whether I attend anything or not. 🙂


  • I like the guy waking up, sitting on the bed, with the coffee cup head, because that’s me every morning waking up in dire need of a cup, or four of coffee.

    Liked by 1 person

  • They each bring a unique delight in looking at something ordinary in a new light! Thanks! I forwarded this to my son, Kenneth. This humor is right up his alley!!

    Liked by 1 person

  • Two favorites: the empty coffee cup because it could be me at 6am, but the one I like best because it comes alive and jumps out of the page, is the woman beating the rug (playing card). Good stuff, Jeanne! – Vince

    Liked by 1 person

  • Have now shared these with the whole family (all 3!). No clear winner, though votes for the lady on the sketch pad (Ms Connection) and the light sabres (boy). I found myself drawn back to the scissor lady each viewing. I’m sure she’s too sophisticated for me, but the way she handles that broadsheet is kind of Wow!

    Liked by 1 person

  • The creativity in these works of art is amazing. The scissors and the curled paper forming the women’s lips are my two favorites.

    Liked by 1 person

Submit a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s